EDUCATION

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson.
Courtesy Hampshire College

Incoming Hampshire College president Miriam Nelson says she is looking forward to the challenge of leading the liberal arts school. She was named to the position this week.

Mount Ida students and personnel gather outside of Alumnae Hall for a meeting with UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.
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Students at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, are scrambling for information after learning last week that the 118-year-old school will be acquired by the University of Massachusetts.

When you bring up teacher diversity at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, the students will be the first to tell you things could be better. Senior Lorra Marseille says she can only think of two teachers of color off the top of her head.

“I’ve had Mr. Dua,” said Marseille. “And then this semester I had Ms. Campbell.”

Schoolwide, the actual number is closer to 40 out of roughly 150.

I met Marseille after school one day. She was one of about 20 kids hanging out in history and psychology teacher Kevin Dua’s room.

Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2011.
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The University of Massachusetts has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire Mount Ida College, enabling the university system to establish a major presence in Newton, about ten miles from downtown Boston.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Karen Brown / NEPR

St. Mary's High School in Westfield, Massachusetts, will remain open for at least another year, after all. Its closure was announced this month, but the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese is offering help.

Stephen Zrike
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At a meeting of state education regulators on Tuesday, the receiver in charge of the Holyoke, Massachusetts, public schools told the board that while the district is making strides in some areas, it continues to face challenges in others.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that district administrators in Stonington did not respond to a request for comment. In fact, Stonington High School Principal Mark Friese responded to WNPR in an email before the story was published, and he provided his account of the day’s events, which is now included.

Stonington High School junior Caroline Morehouse was excited when she learned that her school would allow students to walkout of class to protest gun violence in a nationwide day of action on March 14. She'd be standing in solidarity with students from Parkland, Florida, who only a month earlier had lost 17 classmates in yet another school shooting.

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The Southbridge, Massachusetts, schools are facing a loss of 30 jobs, including some teacher positions. This comes about a month after the state appointed a new receiver to try and improve district performance.

A winter storm hit Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

After a succession of nor’easters and another big storm reportedly hitting New England today, some schools have had to close their doors more than the number of snow days allotted by state education officials. 

It’s mid-March and Hartford Public High School teacher Bridget Allison goes over essay-writing tips for her fourth-period class. After a while, she checks in on a group of students who are seated together — a few of the evacuees from Puerto Rico.

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